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Music Feeds the Soul

An annual fundraiser for Hale Kau Kau.

February 24, 2011
Maui Weekly

The benefit event will be held on Saturday, March 5, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

The event will feature an island-style buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and musical entertainment by Island Stylin’, which will open for a special performance by Uncle Willie K, Hawai‘i’s leading contemporary Hawaiian entertainer.

Saint Theresa Church in Kīhei supports Hale Kau Kau, or “House of Meals,” a nonprofit program offering warm, nutritious meals every day—both onsite and through deliveries—to the needy, homebound elderly, ill and disabled in South Maui. The service is made possible almost entirely through the support of community volunteers.

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Maui’s own Willie K will once again perform at “Music Feeds the Soul,” the 12th Annual Fundraiser Pa‘ina for Hale Kau Kau’s “Feeding the Needy” program in South Maui on Saturday, March 5, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

“We are all in this together, helping the needy in our community in South Maui,” said Msgr. Rev. Terry Watanabe, executive director of Hale Kau Kau and Pastor of St. Theresa. “This is a great time to gather together as Hale Kau Kau celebrates 20 years of providing daily meal service to the needy on site and also meal delivery to the homebound.”

In a letter inviting continued support from donors, Rev. Msgr. Watanabe said an increasing number of meals being are being served, exceeding more than 50,000 per year. Over the program’s 20-year lifespan, more than one million meals have been provided.

The Music Feeds the Soul benefit is a significant source of funds to keep the program operating. The community is invited to support the program through table sponsorships, advertising in the event program, donations of items for the auctions and attendance at the pa‘ina.

“Past results of the annual events have proved to be a major source of funds needed to keep the much-needed program operating, so support from the community is essential and much appreciated,” said Hale Kau Kau’s Director of Development and Event Chairperson Marie Thomas Marie Thomas.

Table sponsorships with many amenities, available for companies and groups, are offered in a range of prices. The event offers the “Signature Sponsorship: Heaven’s Kitchen by Marie” in honor of Marie Osaki, who has been the kitchen manager of Hale Kau Kau for 16 years. Other levels include Executive Chef, Sous-Chef, Line Cook and Short Order Cook.”

Individual tickets are $95 each and may be purchased at the Hale Kau Kau Office, 25 West Līpoa St. (at Saint Theresa Church), during office hours, and on Saturdays and Sundays after church services. Call 875-8754 or email for will-call tickets.

In addition, both Kīhei Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal Churches will sell tickets and provide information regarding sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

Keolahou Church, Kīhei Lutheran Church and Trinity Episcopal Church all support Hale Kau Kau at St. Theresa Church and collaborate in food distribution to families in crisis at the food pantry at Keolahou Church.



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